Inequality in the Western Balkans – An impediment for joining the EU?

21.11.2018, roundtable, 13h - 14h30, REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

A hearing and speech impaired refugee boy looks through the fence of a refugee centre in the southern Bosnian village of Salakovac June 19, 2007, a day before World Refugee Day. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA)

The European discourse on ‘transition’ mainly looks at democratization through growth. But might the current enlargement strategy have it wrong after all? Is it truly a ‘functioning market economy’ that leads to democracy? Does not the reverse hold true, that is non-inclusive growth might undermine democratic development? Unleashing the market where social structures are weak means giving advantage to those already powerful and well-connected. An unfair economic competition entrenches social and political inequality – leading to unstable, indebted economies, low levels of trust, participation, happiness, health, public safety, education, and social mobility. In other words, unequal societies remain stuck in the muck – actual development requires equality. To discuss the consequences of inequality in the Western Balkans and its meaning for enlargement policy, FES EU Office is organizing a roundtable debate with experts from the Western Balkans and the EU.

Contact: Marco.Schwarz(at)fes-europe.eu

 

 

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